16th , 2005
Nikon has today
announced the Nikon D2Hs, a new professional digital SLR camera
aimed at the sports and action photography market.
Nikon D2Hs, although based largely on its predecessor the Nikon
D2H, incorporates a variety of features from the recently announced
Nikon D2X, including the new image-processing ASIC, LCD display
technology, improved wireless functionality, support for GPS devices
Nikon D2Hs incorporates Nikon's LBCAST sensor technology, and provides
4.1 effective megapixels of resolution. Capable of shooting
at 8 fps for a continuous burst of up to 50 images at maximum file
size (JPEG), the Nikon D2Hs DSLR delivers high speed, high precision,
and improved handling for action photography.
Recommended Retail Price (MSRP) for the Nikon D2Hs DSLR body will
be $4100 CAN.
Main differences between the Nikon D2Hs
and the Nikon D2H
noise at high sensitivity (ISO). Achieved by improvements made
to the processing ASIC and revised image processing algorithms.
autofocus (AF) performance with refinements
to the system's AF and lens drive algorithms. The Nikon D2Hs also
features a new AF mode called Group dynamic-AF with Center area
priority: The camera focuses on subject in center focus area of
selected group. Because the camera does not have to select the
focus area, less time is required for focus operation
D2Hs features increased quantization (computing) precision
for higher image quality. Processing within the ASIC is now performed
at 12-bit instead of 8-bit.
Auto white balance (AWB) with even greater accuracy.
memory buffer capacity, increases the number of pictures that
can be taken in a single burst (max
50 JPEG frames versus 40 on
the Nikon D2H)
DDR memory for improved speed and performance
user-friendly custom setting navigation and redesigned menus
New Main Shooting Menu
Main Shooting Menu
Nikon D2Hs features adopted from the Nikon
processing ASIC for noise reduction
Color Matrix Metering II
for the sYCC color space. sYCC
is a color space with a larger gamut of colors than the sRGB color
space. sYCC is available with JPEG images only; TIFF images do
not support sYCC.
LCD display technology, including separate histograms for each
color channel (RGB) and a high-resolution 230,000 pixel LCD monitor
wireless features, including support for the WT-2a wireless transmitter,
higher data transfer rates, and user-friendly setup
(PTP / IP)
for optional GPS devices
handling, including a help feature, time zone settings, a menu
of recent settings, a card-slot cover that opens ten degrees wider,
and support for ten languages
for Exif version 2.21 and DCF 2.0.
JPEG compression options (fixed size versus optimal quality)
noise-reduction option in the shooting menu for reducing noise
at high sensitivities
option for fine-tuning the optimal exposure level
image sensor with 4.1 effective megapixels
Nikon's exclusive DX Format JFET image sensor LBCAST (Lateral
Buried Charge Accumulator and Sensing Transistor array) combines
optimized resolution and speed to deliver image quality and high-speed
at a 2,464×1,632 pixels
new image processing engine produces high quality images
The new image processing engine adopts advances from the Nikon
D2X to further improve image quality. Increased quantization precision
when processing the data from the LBCAST sensor improves image
quality to produce finer gradations with consistent and smooth
frame advance rate of 8 frames per second for up to 50 frames
The speed achieved by the LBCAST sensor and image processing makes
it possible to shoot continuously at 8 frames per second for up
to 50 consecutive JPEG or 40 RAW (NEF) shots. The increased speed
of the buffer memory improves recording speed as well as the speed
of writing files to CompactFlash (CF) memory cards.
Matrix Metering II
Refinements to the Nikon D2Hs exposure metering system achieve
higher precision in calculating optimum exposure from the data
supplied from the 1,005-pixel RGB Exposure / Color Matrix Metering
Sensor, even when shooting under exceedingly challenging conditions.
Advanced Auto White Balance (AWB) and Auto Tone Control (ATC)
systems in the Nikon D2Hs combine the advantages of three sensors
- Nikon's 1,005-pixel RGB Exposure / Color Matrix Metering Sensor,
the LBCAST image sensor, and the external Ambient Light Sensor
- to effectively handle complicated lighting conditions. Full
manual white balance control options include white balance presets
and the direct setting of Kelvin color temperature. In addition,
white balance bracketing can also be performed using up to nine
frames for a single shot.
higher precision 11-area AF system
Refinements to the system's AF and lens drive algorithms further
improve focus precision, subject acquisition, and subject tracking.
Nikon's advanced Multi-CAM 2000 AF Sensor Module incorporated
in the Nikon D2Hs features eleven widely spread AF sensors, of
which nine are cross-type sensors, broad detection range and a
selection of four flexible operating modes. The high precision
and speed of the Nikon D2Hs's AF system also contributes to achieving
high-speed continuous shooting.
D2Hs Viewfinder Layout
wireless data transfer and camera control
The Nikon D2Hs is compatible with both the optional Nikon Wireless
Transmitter WT-1/1A originally designed for the Nikon D2H, and
with the new Wireless Transmitter WT-2/2A designed for the Nikon
D2X, which supports IEEE 802.11g for faster transfer speeds as
well as IEEE 802.11b networks. The Nikon WT-2/2A transmitter also
strengthens wireless security options and supports a wider variety
of network protocols, including the new PTP/IP protocol that realizes
wireless Capture Control of the Nikon D2Hs from a computer running
Nikon Capture 4 software (Ver. 4.2.1 or later).
- sYCC color
taken with the Nikon D2Hs in the sYCC color space take full advantage
of the larger gamut supported by the sYCC-compatible printers
now available from Epson and Canon. These printers are optimized
to print the cyans and greens that are included in the sYCC gamut
of the D2Hs but which are not found in the sRGB color space. The
Nikon D2Hs also continues to feature three available color modes,
which are optimized by the advanced color reproduction system
to best match the specific assignment and workflow environment.
Color Modes I and III use the sRGB color space, while Color Mode
II uses the wider gamut of the Adobe RGB color space.
- JPEG and
RAW (NEF) combination filing system
The option to simultaneously record RAW (NEF) and JPEG files to
the CF card for the same shot makes it possible to streamline
workflow operations. JPEG files can be used when faster transfer
or delivery is the priority, while NEF format is a convenient
option for high-quality applications that allows non-destructive
editing and changes.
- GPS connectivity
The latitude, longitude, altitude and UTC (Coordinated Universal
Time) at which a shot is taken can be recorded from a GPS unit
to the image's metadata. GPS units that comply with the NMEA 0183
(ver.2.01) interface standard can be connected using the optional
GPS cable (MC-35).
with selectable RGB Histogram Display
A large new 2.5-inch LCD monitor with a higher resolution of 232,000
pixels adds an all-digital interface for clear, flicker-free display
of images and information. Displays include preview images at
up to 15x magnification, an improved histogram display, and new
selectable RGB Histogram displays make exposure confirmation quick,
easy and accurate for each of the Red, Green and Blue color channels.
Histogram Display as seen on the Nikon D2X
- New World
Time and Help menus improve operational ease
The World Time menu makes it easy to select the local time from
a world map displayed on the LCD monitor, a handy feature for
globetrotting professionals. Also new is the chronological Recent
Settings list, as well as available help dialogs that describe
response & ultra-short 37ms shutter lag
Instant power-up and a class-leading shutter release time lag
of a mere 37 milliseconds (same as Nikon D2H and D2X) combines
with optimized systems throughout to maximize all-round performance
and deliver the response needed to handle even challenging professional
- Body design
aimed at efficient handing, durability, and resistance to dust
The D2Hs inherits the refinements made to the controls and buttons
on the Nikon D2X for easier operation. The body design is optimized
for handling efficiency and, along with the highly durable shutter
unit, mirror balancer and other internal mechanisms, to stand
the rigors of professional assignments while protecting against
drops of water.
lithium-ion battery system for more shots per charge
Revised battery check algorithms help the high-energy EN-EL4 rechargeable
lithium-ion battery to power the Nikon D2Hs for approx. 2,900
shots per charge. Accurate real-time battery system status displays
include the remaining battery level, the number of shots taken
since the last charge, the overall status of the battery's service
life, and notification when calibration is necessary.
The USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) interface allows for fast transfer of images
to a computer or external storage device. PictBridge support makes
it possible to print directly to any compatible printer. And,
the supplied Audio Video Cable allows for playback on external
devices, including playback of recorded voice memos, which can
each be up to 60 seconds in length. Voice memos can also be played
back via the built-in speaker.
- Full integration
with Nikon's Creative Lighting System
The Nikon D2Hs offers seamless i-TTL flash operation with the
optional Nikon SB-800 and SB-600 external Speedlights. Features
include Advanced Wireless Lighting, Flash Value (FV) Lock, AUTO
FP High-Speed Sync, and Flash Color Information Communication.
The Nikon D2Hs is also compatible with the Nikon SB-80DX, SB-50DX,
and other earlier Speedlights that use D-TTL flash control.
- Nikon Capture
4 (Ver 4.2.1) for professional workflow support
The optional Nikon Capture 4(Ver.4.2.1) software package delivers
a powerful tool that provides full editing control over RAW(NEF)
image files and provides the color-controlled workflow environment
that professionals require.
Nikon Capture Version 4.2.1 incorporates new features that further
improve productivity and creative control. Nikon Capture 4's Remote
Camera Control function can control most shooting settings and
trigger the camera's shutter release remotely, either connected
via the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface, or using the optional Wireless
Transmitter WT-2/2A. (PTP/IP wireless camera control requires
Windows XP or Mac OS X.)